Taking Booster Shots on the Road
It was an easy decision, and a short jaunt in their purple golf cart, for Diane and Reggie Lawrence to get a COVID-19 booster shot at a drive-through setup outside Sun City Center Community Hall.
The couple received initial Pfizer vaccinations months ago, but they decided an extra measure of protection against the coronavirus was a good idea.
"Nobody wants to get sick," said Diane Lawrence. "You should avail yourself of the opportunity to get the most protection you can."
The parking lot off Pebble Creek Boulevard is one of Hillsborough County's Targeted Vaccine Area (TVA) events where booster shots and Pfizer first- and second-dose vaccinations are available for free to residents who qualify. The events usually are held in a vulnerable or underserved area for one day to a week or longer. To request such an event, fill out this TVA form or call (813) 307-8000.
To receive a Pfizer booster shot a person must be fully vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine, and have received the second vaccine at least six months ago.
Residents who SHOULD get booster shots are:
- Age 65 or older
- 50 to 64 years old with underlying medical conditions
- Living in long-term care facilities
Residents who MAY get booster shots are:
- 18 through 49 years old with underlying medical conditions
- 18 through 64 years old at increased risk because of occupational or institutional settings
Residents should bring a vaccination card showing they received the Pfizer vaccines and the date the second dose was administered. Can't find your vaccination card? Use the online form to request an Immunization Clinic Record Card. Those vaccinated at commercial pharmacies often receive access to a digital record that also can be used.
The Sun City Center TVA was open to anyone who qualified for a shot, not just residents of the enclave that bills itself as "America's premier 55-Plus Community." The Lawrences, who live 10 minutes away by golf cart, were in and out of the operation in minutes.
Along with the targeted areas, vaccinations are available at Progress Village Park, 8701 Progress Blvd. The site is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, for residents who want a free COVID test or a Pfizer vaccine. Appointments are not required, but residents who want one may sign up at patientportalfl.com. For help registering call (844) 770-8548. Learn more about vaccinations and booster shots.
Anyone age 12 or older who has not received a vaccine may get one for free. The vaccine also is available for people who have received their first Pfizer vaccine dose and are in the allotted window to receive a second dose.
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